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Introducing the giant four-track tape cartridge, an obsolete consumer recording format that survived for eight years.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Handy (Jam) Organization
Sponsor: RCA Victor, Radio and Victrola Division
Audio/Visual: Sd, C
Keywords: Media: Tape recording
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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My father had 2 of these recorders. I remember him using them to tape off of TV, the flight of the first American in space - Alan Shepard, and later John Glenn. He got them used from someone, and he was always working on them to keep at least one of them working. At some point he gave up and removed the tape from the carts and loaded them onto reels so they could be played on a stereo reel to reel deck. Favorite of these was the sound track to "Victory at Sea" Problems aside, they were still really cool, and way ahead of their time. He might even still have them in some forgotten corner.
Subject: Historically informative
An enjoyable vintage film on stero phonos and tape rercorders.I remember getting my first reel to reel tape recorder back in 1960, I do not think the RCA tape cartridge sold well. The disadvantage of this cassette was that you could not splice the tape for editing purposes.
I had finally gotten my parents to buy a monaural hifi in 1957, and then a stereo came out a couple of years later.
left wing films -
Subject: I bought one on a flee market
the other reviews say it all I only
this is a must see on the Archive!
Subject: Recording tape history
RCA does it again .. in 1958! Invents a product that the mass media could easily use. Also RCA did it again as well..introduced 4trk recordings with this cartridge in this same time frame, which blended over to the reel as the 4-track recorded tape. Can you imagine, in comparison of our world of today with mini-cassettes, DV cameras, celphones, laptops, PDA's-any electronic device that we have our bodies and brains attached to so we can survive and think better, in seeing an inexperienced individual trying to thread a reel machine of some complexity and do it correctly in one pass? RCA was thinking, with this cartridge machine for the easiness of use for the ones who wants it simple and easy to use. KUDOS to this invention, which eventually, Philips/Norelco took this design, made it smaller, used better oxide based tape for higher quality recording and playback and flooded the masses with this little invention called the Compact Cassette..in 1964. (Spuzz needs to start reading history books and to begin to appreciate history, then he can make comments that support these items/events that happened in the past more better..)
Subject: Them sure are big cassettes!
Another nice intro to a piece of obscure technology! Think cassettes, now blow them up 10x larger, and you'll get an idea of hwo BIG these things were. Heck, they were bigger then VHS cassetes! (but thankfully they're thinner). Much pomp and circumstance is shown of how much of an improvement this is.. It's longer timewise then records! it's self reversing! it's a little more expensive then a record! These didn't last TOO long, and it's easy to see why.
This is also paired with "Living Stereo" (which I've reviewed already)
Subject: Sweet machines
Who knew they had already invented auto-reverse in 1958? I didn't have a cassette player with that feature until the 80's...
By the way, the first half of this is identical to another film here, "Living Stereo".
Subject: Beautiful presentation of "stereo" & precursor of cassettes
This download contains two RCA promo films. The first describes the new "stereo" record technology in terms anyone can understand. Beautifully done -- great for people under 25 to see what "records" were all about :-) Catch a glimpse of vacuum tubes, too. The second film shows the direct precursor of cassette tapes (that became popular in 1967-1969). Every feature now common on cassettes and players appears here -- RCA apparently had figured it out in 1959! On both films, listen carefully for the terms and buzz words that described both the "hot" and the seasoned products of the day -- references to 78s and even 16 2/3 RPM record formats, reel-to-reel tape features, the term "victorola" -- what a fabulous trip down technology's memory lane, in living color :-) And notice the very different image of family manners and relationships implied by the actors. America was a very different place in the 1950s. Observe also how the advertising described features and benefits rather than appealing primarily to the viewer's wanting to achieve a personal image or group identity. So much to think about in a couple of vintage infomercials :-)